TOUR INFORMATION

River & Rainforest

Take a half-day diesel journey from Strahan's harbourside port to Dubbil Barril, deep in the rainforest, and back again.
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Duration
4
Hours
Price
from
Adult
$
120
$
189
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Child
$
59
$
130
-
Family
$
270
$
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We are currently experiencing very high demand. Please consider booking at least 4 to 6 weeks in advance due to COVID related decreased carriage capacities.

Departs (and returns): Regatta Point Station, Strahan

The River and Rainforest half day tour is a diesel journey that takes you from the shores of Macquarie Harbour into the ancient rainforest and mountains of Tasmania’s rugged west coast. Stopping at remote train stations, you will visit Lower Landing and Dubbil Barril before returning to Strahan.

From Strahan's Regatta Point Station, soak up the stunning views of the harbour as you travel along the foreshore and enjoy tales of days gone by from your local guide.

As you enter the rainforest, you’ll follow the course of the King River to Teepookana – once the fourth busiest port in Tasmania, and the place where construction of the railway first began. Marvel at the landscape and wilderness and wonder how the men and women of the rail once carved their life out of this harsh environment.

The extraordinary engineering achievement of this railway will be evident as you cross historic bridges, including Iron Bridge, and see the remains of the 244-metre trestle bridge at Quarter Mile. You’ll visit some of the stations along the line, and have the chance to walk in the rainforest. Due to COVID-19, please note that the honey tasting previously provided at Lower Landing station is currently not available.

During your journey, your guide will tell you the stories of the railway and the resilient people who lived and worked along its length. From the men who laboured to build the line and keep the trains running, to the families and children that made a life in the forest, and the two visionary Irishmen whose fierce rivalry and undaunted ambition brought the railway to life.

This service generally operates with a diesel locomotive but may occasionally run with a steam locomotive. If you are passionate about steam journeys or would specifically like to journey the unique rack and pinion section of the railway, we recommend that you book either our Queenstown Explorer or Rack and Gorge experiences.

Highlights

  • Enjoy views of Macquarie Harbour as you travel along the foreshore from Regatta Point Station.
  • Journey deep into western Tasmania’s cool temperate rainforest.
  • Travel alongside the King River to Teepookana, once the fourth busiest port in Tasmania.
  • Cross historic bridges, including Iron Bridge, and see the remains of the 244-metre trestle bridge at Quarter Mile.
  • Watch the locomotive being turned at Dubbil Barril and take a short walk in the rainforest.

Departure

All River and Rainforest half-day tours depart from and return to Regatta Point Station, on the Esplanade at Strahan.

Choice of Carriage

Passengers in Wilderness Carriage enjoy a welcoming glass of sparkling wine on boarding and a light lunch plus complimentary hot beverages during your journey, along with access to the open balcony to get up close to the rainforest and take those magic images. Our comfortable standard Heritage Carriages are heated and provide a nice, warm blanket for after a walk through the rainforest. You are also provided with a choice of drinks and snacks for purchase during your journey.
DURATION
4
hours
OPERATES
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PRICE
Heritage
Carriage
Wilderness
Carriage
Adults
$
120
-
$
189
-
Child
$
59
-
$
130
-
Family
$
270
-
$
-
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Child 2 to 17yrs, infant under 2yrs free – no seat allocation. Family Fare up to 2 adults & 2 children. This tour may be operated by either a steam or a heritage diesel locomotive.
FACILITIES
Toilet (at each station),
Shops,
Cafe,
Restaurant,
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Refreshments are available at stations along the route. Toilet facilities are available at all stations throughout your journey. The longest travel time between stations is approximately 50 minutes. There are disabled toilets at all station platforms.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q
Do I need to book ahead?
A

Yes. In line with our COVID Safety Plan, our carriages will be running at less than capacity to enable adequate social distancing between travelling parties. Please book ahead to avoid disappointment.


Q
Is there always a steam engine on the tour?
A

Not always, no. Heritage diesel locomotives were used on the section of line between Strahan and Dubbil Barril from the 1950s, and they are still in service.

Q
Will I have to face backwards on the train?
A

During one half of the journey you will face in one direction, but once the train travels in the opposite direction (on the way back to your original departure station), so will you. This means you will face backwards either during the first or second half of your journey. As the train moves quite slowly, motion sickness is exceptionally rare, however, should you have any concerns about this, please call our team directly at least 24 hours prior to your departure.

Q
Can you accommodate various dietary requirements?
A

Yes, we can cater for vegetarians, vegans and other requirements, but please let us know your needs when you book so we can look after you.

Q
What is your COVID Safety Plan?
A

You can read details of our safety plan here and our Passenger Conditions of Carriage here.

Q
What is your COVID Safety Plan?
A

You can read details of our safety plan here and our Passenger Conditions of Carriage here.

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